Moving an aging parent into your home may be an easy option for some families, but it has become more complicated for others. Here are some ways in preparing your family for an elderly parent moving in.
Everyone reaches a time in their lives where they need to rely on someone to help take care of them. Depending on each specific situation, this could mean moving a loved one into an assisted living community or moving him or her into your home.
While moving an aging parent into the family home is an easy option for some families, it has become more complicated for others. The thought of having someone else to care for can cause you to be apprehensive due to a lack of experience or knowledge. You may hesitate about taking on the responsibility of caring for someone else. You may wonder how the appearance of your home will change when an elderly relative moves in. At the same time, you may feel bad about exploring other alternatives for senior care.
If you’ve decided that moving your elderly parent in with you is the right choice for your circumstances, it’s important to make sure that you’re prepared for the emotional, physical, and financial changes ahead. You may need to make some changes to your house to accommodate an aging parent with mobility issues. Determine if these changes to the home will be minor or if they will require a major overhaul. It is crucial to get advice from an elder law attorney to structure a family agreement governing expectations and mutual obligations.
If you’re preparing your family for an elderly loved one to move in and you have children, it’s important to prepare your children for this change of circumstances. While a loss of privacy may be an immediate adjustment, the time that your children spend with a grandparent will likely create memories that will last a lifetime.
There are many factors to consider and plan for when preparing your family for an elderly parent moving in. Any and all issues should be openly addressed to make sure that your family is prepared for the changes that this move may cause.